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Spotsy Regional names board

Dr. Henry Wicker, a surgeon at Pratt Medical Center, is chairman of the first board of trustees at the new Spotsylvania hospital.

The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has named a citizen board of trustees to advise it on its operations. The 10-member board includes a mix of local residents, including four doctors and a member of the county board of supervisors.

The board was formed late last year and is similar to the advisory board that each HCA hospital has. It meets once a month, and its members are unpaid. The board will advise the administration and medical staff on such things as budgeting, staffing, patient safety and compliance with regulations, said Jeanne Burkett, spokeswoman for the new hospital.

The members are Dr. Henry Wicker, chairman; Hap Connors, vice chairman and a member of the Spotsylvania board of supervisors; Dr. Raymond Banzon, Chris Eudailey, Mary Gilkey, Dr. Sudeep Menachery, Dr. Anne Truong, Raymond Bell, Kent Farmer and Daniel Nickelson.

Spotsylvania Regional’s board is a different kind of board from the board of trustees at Mary Washington Healthcare. The Mary Washington board has more authority, a reflection of the hospital’s long history as a community nonprofit. The Mary Washington board can hire and fire the chief executive and set salaries for the administrative staff. At Spotsylvania Regional, the real authority will rest with the administration and with its corporate parent, HCA.